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National Realtor show will go on in New Orleans

NAR leadership sticks with plan for 2006 event

Leadership for the National Association of Realtors voted Friday to hold the trade group's annual convention and trade show in New Orleans next year as planned. The group originally made plans to take its annual show to New Orleans prior to the devastating hurricanes and subsequent flooding that destroyed or damaged hundreds of thousands of homes in the city. Some association officials had expressed concerns about whether the rebounding city would be ready to accommodate the large event, which is scheduled for Nov. 8-13. The event is expected to bring in as much as $34 million in convention revenues, the association announced. The trade group plans to mount a national education campaign to encourage Realtors and exhibitors to attend the New Orleans conference and trade show. "Realtors care about communities. We can set no better example to the nation than by keeping our promise to New Orleans and its people to hold our 2006 annual meeting there," said Tom Stevens, NAR president. Steve...